In its native land the possum is up against dingoes, bush fires and less palatable vegetation. In New Zealand there are no predators and lots of very palatable vegetation. As a result, possums have a huge impact on New Zealand ecosystems.
The Australian brush tailed possum was introduced into New Zealand in 1837 to establish a fur trade. Possums can live anywhere that has shelter and a varied food supply.
Possums pose a serious threat to New Zealand's native forests, birds and possibly our land snails.
Find out about the ways DOC is working to control possums.
Find out how to recognise if possums are present you how you can help in controlling possums.
Pest control is a huge, ongoing job that occurs throughout New Zealand. In this video you'll meet The Friends of Rotoiti, volunteer trappers helping control pests in Nelson Lakes National Park.
View a series of short videos on 1080 poison and how it can control the threat of possums.
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